Maintaining good mental health
As with physical health, it is important we understand how to keep good mental health. Generally if we want to be physically healthier, we try and eat more healthy foods, exercise more and cut out the things we know are not good for us, such as chocolates or alcohol. However, although all those things can have a positive impact on our metal health, they are other things we can do to help us maintain good mental health.
Maintaining a good slandered of mental health will depend on a lot things such as -
- being aware of your feelings
- exercising regularly
- getting a good night’s sleep
- feeling safe and secure
- living conditions
- maintaining a healthy diet
- maintaining a work life balance
- money and debt
- reducing the intake of drug, alcohol and smoking
Our Health and wellbeing section has lots of information and tip to help you live a healthier lifestyle
If you need support to help you with live your life such as finding something to do, help with money or housing issues or you feel unsafe, then you may want to visit our staying independent section to help you take control.
You may also like to find out more about the five ways to wellbeing which is known to have a positive impact on people.
Social prescribing means helping people to improve their health wellbeing and social welfare by connecting them to their local community.
In Hull, this service is called ‘Connect Well’ and can offer you both welfare advice and connect to activities’ and services in your local community.
Help for people with a identified mental health condition
For some people with an identified mental health issue, maintaining good mental health may be more difficult and complex.
Some people may require additional support such as –
- Befriending services – such as talking to a volunteer over the phone or face to face about their problems
- Counselling – having a professional work with you to help manage your mental health
- Medication – this can only be prescribed by your GP
- Therapy – to help you deal with a traumatic or underlying long term mental health issue
You can search our community support directory for befriending, counselling or therapy services.
Only your GP can decide whether it would be beneficial for you to go onto medication for your mental health. If your GP feels this is appropriate, make sure you ask any questions you may have about side effects and interactions with other substances such as alcohol or other prescribed medication.
Make sure you follow the instructions laid out to you by the GP and your prescription and if you have any doubts, ask your GP.
If you experience any side effects, note them down and make an appointment with your GP so they can review your medication.
Find more Information
To help you understand a little bit more around medication and other treatments, Mind have developed an A-Z information directory which has lots of advice and guidance on ‘Medication and other treatments’
You can use this section to either view the information online or download an information booklet that you can view offline